A warm welcome to James Gaade on his permanent appointment to the role of Head of Programme Management.
James has been working with the Faraday Institution in an interim capacity since October 2020, with his primary objective being finalising the scope for years 4 and 5 extension of our initial research projects.
As Head of Programme Management, James will lead the efforts to ensure the Faraday Institution research projects meet their objectives, milestones and deliverables and that our research funding is optimally allocated to achieve our mission for the UK. He will also continually improve project delivery by facilitating good practice in project management within our research programmes.
James joined the Faraday Institution after 2 years as an independent consultant focusing on vehicle electrification. During that time, he also worked with the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre on developing battery materials supply chain capability, the British Standards Institute as technical author of a code of practice for battery modules and packs, with SME companies on technology roadmaps, collaborative projects and defining low volume EV propulsion systems, and supported the Advanced Propulsion Centre Technology Developer Accelerator Programme as a fresh eyes panel member.
Prior to this James worked for Jaguar Land Rover for 20 years, with varied vehicle propulsion and powertrain system roles in product engineering, research and technology and commercially in product marketing, working on projects from research through to vehicle production. His last role was Head of Powertrain Research and Technology, where he led a portfolio of research projects, a team of 80 engineers focused on the next generation of vehicle electrification technologies and internal combustion engine capability for near zero emissions and 2025 CO2 targets.
A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering, James graduated from De Montfort University in 1993 with a B.Eng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and from Loughborough University in 2003 with an MSc in Automotive Systems Engineering.